Allen Bourne has a keen sense of photography.
Just like Allen Morrison.
The photographers met in 2018 when Bourne signed up for a Bisti Wilderness photo tour led by Morrison.
This event led to a friendship, which blossomed into a business partnership, as the couple opened the Land of Enchantment photography art gallery in Old Town.
Bourne and his wife moved from Houston to Placitas three months after meeting Morrison.
Bourne has always been interested in photography.
“I was in sixth grade and I was watching Fortune magazine,” Bourne recalled. “It was a two-page spread. It was a blue background and there were three or four perfectly white eggs and one was open. There were bright green polka dots sticking out. It was an advertisement and the photograph just caught my eye. It stuck with me. »
The idea of opening a gallery in the old town took a bit of planning.
Morrison says that in the summer of 2020, he joined a cooperative gallery of local photographers and found a market not only for his fine art photos, but also for other photo services.
“I knew Allen’s work, which tends towards the abstract, would complement my own, so I offered to open our own gallery,” says Morrison. “He bought into the business concept and we started looking for space.”
Speaking to some Old Town retailers soon after, Bourne discovered that Patio Escondido space might be available. It turns out it was, and the two Allens jumped at the chance.
Bourne says that, as the company’s name suggests, the focus will be on scenes from New Mexico, offering visitors the opportunity to take home an affordable yet unique visual reminder of their visit.
“We’ll also be offering images that capture the broader spirit of the Southwest, as well as abstract works that go beyond those boundaries,” Bourne said. “Most importantly, we hope to make our historic Old Town location a source for local interior designers looking for unique works to enhance the living spaces of their clients, especially couples who have recently moved in. in northern New Mexico.
Bourne hopes the gallery will also become a hub where local and guest photographers come for ideas on how to liven up their own images.
“It’s about building and being part of the community,” says Bourne. “It’s important to keep communication open with other like-minded creative people.”
Inside the gallery, there are portraits from all over New Mexico – flora and fauna, as well as downtown rail yards or landscape photography.
Morrison quit a job in human relations to spend more time ballooning with his wife, Peggy Billson, who is also director of security at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Bourne retired after a career in advertising and marketing. He always carries his camera with him.
“When I was hiking, there were times when I was like, ‘Wow, look at this,'” Bourne says. “I will be inspired by everything around me. For me, the next phase for me is how to combine other images that I have together. Tried to capture a moonrise over Cabezon Peak. So I’ve been watching this for a few weeks. »